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Proposal: A Miniature Animal Topiary Garden

Monday, July 30, 2012 | Posted by Alex
Sharon Pierce

Describe your idea.
This would be a group installation project worked on by the 5th graders at the E. Greenwood Leadership Academy in Hyde Park starting in the fall. I am the Visual Arts teacher and want to work on a cross-curricular school based community project.

How will you use your grant?
The grant would be used to purchase the materials for about 60 students to each produce an individual topiary. The materials include clay pots, galvanized wire, wire cutters, soil, plants, moss and epoxy ribbon.

Why and to whom is your project important?
This project will be important to both the 5th graders involved in the creating and the entire school community who will benefit from the installation. The topiary designs will connect art (sculpture, drawing in many ways and form), math (graphing, measuring, 2D to 3D, form), science (plants, animals, insects, soil, taking care of a plant) and writing (ongoing observation writings). The school community will get to watch the process as the plants take shape to the forms and experience the final installation in the outdoor classroom during the spring.

What is the expected status of your project by the next Feast?
I would start the project in mid-September and would expect that by the end of November the forms will be in the soil and plants in. As an art specialist I see the students once a week for 50 minutes, so time is on a weekly basis. At this rate I think that the students will have learned about training the plants and be ready for installation in our recently built outdoor classroom by May—assuming the weather is spring-like. Writing will also be done throughout in the classroom and with the science specialist as in art.

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